Another major highlight of the trip from Wrightwood to here, which I somehow neglected to mention, was right at the beginning of the endagered species detour. There are four miles of closed trail to protect the Mountain Yellow Legged Frog. Last year's detour was 2.7 miles of pleasant road walk on a minor highway with pretty low traffic, and 1.4 on trail back to the PCT. This year's new detour is about 14 extra miles, and apparently goes across extremely crumbly trail. I chose the old detour.
I got to the beginning of the highway road walk portion, and saw my friend Apocalypse sitting with some older folks at some picnic tables by the side of the road. The other people turned out to be part of a Korean senior citizen hiking group, the Evergreen Hiking Club. I said hi, and they started giving me all kinds of food: eggs, fruit, soda, a styrofoam cup of whiskey. But that was just the beginning. They started making a huge vat of batter for seafood pancakes, and feeding us. Ramen followed. I couldn't eat any more, but took along a zip-loc of seafood pancake for dinner. It was all delicious.
Aside from appreciating being fed, I was also really touched at how excited everyone was that we were thru-hiking the PCT. Their enthusiasm, and the food, gave me new found hiking energy for the rest of the day.
If you enlarge the picture above, I am in the bottom frame. I have some more pictures from my camera when the next batch goes up.